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  • UK will remain partner despite triggering Brexit, says Germany

    03/29/2017 6:38:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 March 2017 14:16 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Britain remains a key ally for the European Union and NATO, a spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday, as London formally launched the process to quit the bloc. “We must not forget that the UK is still a partner, in NATO and in Europe,” Ulrike Demmer told journalists, adding that London’s Brexit notification would give “us more clarity” on how Britain planned to handle the divorce process. “On this basis, the 27 member states and EU institutions will define their interests and aims,” Demmer said, adding that Berlin was “well prepared” for the coming negotiations. German foreign ministry...
  • Danish minister: 'We will not pay more' to EU after Brexit

    03/28/2017 3:49:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 28 March 2017 10:11 CEST+02:00
    Minister of Finance Kristian Jensen says he is determined that Britain’s imminent exit from the EU will not mean more expensive membership for Denmark. The Scandinavian country currently benefits from a membership discount due to the contribution made by the UK for its membership. Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Löfven said Monday that the EU would have to adjust its budget for the multi-billion euro hole left in its finances by Britain’s exit. But Jensen said that Denmark would rather focus on the total amount it pays into the European Union. Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands currently benefit from...
  • Social Democrats fight to pass gay marriage bill before election [Germany]

    03/28/2017 3:33:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 March 2017 16:28 CEST+02:00
    The Social Democrats (SPD) are set to push for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples at a meeting on Wednesday with their coalition partners, Merkel’s conservative Union parties (CDU/CSU) — who have long opposed such legislation — according to a report on Tuesday by Funke Mediengruppe. SPD representatives in the Bundestag (German parliament) plan to propose a reform for the Bundesrepublik, which is one of the few west European countries that does not allow same-sex marriage. “In the future, marriage should be possible as well for same-sex couples,” the SPD promised in their proposal. “I hope that the CDU and...
  • One in ten German firms to cut UK investments before Brexit: survey

    03/28/2017 9:40:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 March 2017 14:30 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    One in ten German firms present in Britain plans to stop investing in the island nation even before it definitively leaves the European Union, an industry group survey published on Tuesday found. German firms believe Brexit “will seriously damage business with the United Kingdom,” said Eric Schweitzer, president of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), which surveyed 2,200 internationally active companies. Some nine percent of firms who have invested in the UK plan to shift investments elsewhere, with Germany and the rest of the EU the top choices. Britain is the third-biggest export market for Germany...
  • Report: nearly one in two Muslims in Germany engaged in aiding refugees

    03/27/2017 5:28:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.27.2017 | cmb/rc (AFP, epd)
    The report released by the Bertelsmann Stiftung has described the Muslim volunteers as “important bridge-builders.” It further revealed that one out of every five Germans provided assistance to refugees in 2016. According to the study released by the German foundation on Monday, 44 percent of Muslims were socially engaged for refugees in 2016, providing assistance through activities such as German language courses, clothing donations and assistance navigating bureaucratic language. The results of the study, entitled “Engagement for Refugees—a religious thing? The role of religion in Refugee aid”, also counter what the Bertelsmann Stiftung described as the broadly held assumption that...
  • Malmö 'ISIS member' accused of terrorism for fire at Islamic center

    03/27/2017 4:14:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 27 March 2017 16:42 CEST+02:00 | Emma Löfgren
    A prosecutor has charged a Syrian man with terror offenses, alleging that he started a fire at a Malmö community center in order to spread fear in the name of ISIS. Nobody was injured in the fire at a community center in Malmö owned by Shia Muslim organization Aldorr, but repair costs amounted to a million kronor ($113,000). The 30-year-old suspect, who denies the charges and the allegations he is a member of ISIS, is accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at the center on October 11th last year, causing smoke damage to the building. …
  • Most Germans think Trump won't last four years in office [per YouGov]

    03/27/2017 4:09:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 March 2017 17:36 CEST+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    Early on in Donald Trump’s American presidency, Germans still hold relatively negative views of the US leader, a poll released on Monday revealed. More than half of Germans (55 percent) don’t think Trump will last as president for his entire four-year term, according to a survey released by YouGov on Monday. The opinion research group polled more than 1,000 people between February 20th and 23rd. Most Germans polled have generally voiced negative views of Trump since before the November election, when another YouGov poll days before voting day showed 65 percent of Germans said they would feel “afraid” if he...
  • McCain: World 'cries out' for US and EU leadership

    03/27/2017 9:13:24 AM PDT · by yoe · 31 replies
    EUObserver ^ | March 26, 2017 | Eric Maurice
    The world "cries out for American and European leadership" through the EU and Nato, US senator John McCain said on Friday (24 March). In a "new world order under enormous strain" and in "the titanic struggle with forces of radicalism … we can't stand by and lament, we've got to be involved," said McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate who is now chairman of the armed services committee in the US Senate. Speaking at the Brussels Forum, a conference organised by the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank, he said that the EU and the US needed to develop...
  • Ministers face battle over bid to use 'Henry VIII' powers to scrap swathes of EU legislation…[tr]

    03/26/2017 10:07:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 12:50 EDT, 26 March 2017 | James Tapsfield
    Ministers are braced for a battle over plans to ditch a swathe of EU laws using “Henry VIII” powers. The government is set to unveil details of the “Great Repeal Bill” this week, part of the formal process of cutting ties with Brussels. The legislation will convert all EU law on to the UK statute books. But ministers also want to be able to adapt the laws as they are repatriated without full scrutiny by parliament. Jeremy Corbyn indicated that Labour will oppose the plans today, saying government should not be extending executive powers used by a “dictatorial and anti-democratic”...
  • German integration minister takes on fake news at Islam conference

    03/25/2017 9:10:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.24.2017 | Jefferson Chase
    At a Berlin conference to promote intercultural dialogue, Germany’s integration minister discussed the absurd and slanderous things written about her online. She urged young people to lead the fight against hate speech. Speaking at this weekend’s Young Islam Conference, which opened in the German capital on Friday, the government’s integration minister Aydan Özoguz gave an astonishing and at times humorous account of the hate mail and fake news to which she’s been subjected. Özoguz told the conference participants, a specially selected group of Muslims and non-Muslims under the age of 25, that the internet and social media were driving anti-immigrant...
  • Thousands of Berliners, Brits march in anti-Brexit protest

    03/25/2017 8:45:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 March 2017 15:44 CET+01:00 | Emma Anderson
    On the 60th anniversary of the start of the European Union, at least 3,500 demonstrators in Berlin joined an international protest to show their opposition to the UK leaving its member states behind. As British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50 next week, setting into motion negotiations for an EU without the UK, thousands in Berlin and other major cities took to the streets on Saturday, marking 60 years since the Treaties of Rome laid the foundations for the modern-day Union. Brexit has been largely viewed as unpopular in Germany even before the referendum vote last summer,...
  • EU transport chief calls for European car toll system

    03/25/2017 3:26:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2017 7:18 AM EDT
    The European Union’s transport commissioner is calling for a continent-wide car toll system that would enable motorists to use all European roads without having to stop at borders. […] [Transport Commissioner Violeta] Bulc said every country could decide for itself whether it wants a car toll system, but those that do should participate in a standardized electronic system. She said tolls would be collected via a prepaid system or monthly bills, and the proceeds would go to participating nations. …
  • Brexit 'clears way' for German domination claims Heseltine

    03/25/2017 9:17:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 March 2017
    The UK is handing control of Europe’s destiny to Germany by leaving the EU, Lord Heseltine has claimed. The Tory peer, sacked as a government adviser after defying the whip over Brexit, said the Germans had lost World War Two but the UK was now giving them the “opportunity to win the peace”. “I find that quite unacceptable,” he told the House Magazine. […] Not only would Brexit alter the balance of power in Europe, he suggested that for many people of his generation, the UK’s decision might be regarded as a betrayal of the country’s fight against the Nazis....
  • Juncker to US: If the EU collapses, there will be war in Balkans

    03/24/2017 9:41:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Mar 24, 2017 | Georgi Gotev
    Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned US Vice President Mike Pence of another war in the Western Balkans if the EU collapses, including as a result of Donald Trump encouraging member states to leave after Brexit. Mike Pence was in Brussels on 20 February, but details of what was discussed were only disclosed by Juncker, who spoke to the Financial Times in an exclusive interview published today (24 March). “I told the vice-president, ‘Do not say that. Do not invite others to leave, because if the European Union collapses, you will have a new war in the Western Balkans’,” Juncker said....
  • French probe reveals 'no history of radicalization' in Antwerp driver

    03/24/2017 3:28:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 24 March 2017 09:13 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A Tunisian man resident in France who was arrested for driving a car at a crowd of people in Belgium on Thursday had not been previously flagged up as radicalized, a French investigation source said. The incident in the port city of Antwerp came less than 24 hours after a man killed three people in London outside parliament, hitting two pedestrians with a car and then stabbing to death a policeman. The man in Antwerp, identified only as Mohamed R., 39, lives in the northern French city of Lens, not far from the Belgian border. He had a criminal record...
  • ‘Without Schengen we would be less protected from terror’ [Switzerland’s justice minister]

    03/24/2017 3:07:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 24 March 2017 10:09 CET+01:00
    Justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga has said Switzerland’s membership of Schengen is vital in the fight against international terrorism and that those who seek to end the Schengen agreement are “irresponsible”. Sommaruga was speaking in an interview with Blick following the terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. […] Though Switzerland is not in the European Union, since 2008 it has been a member of the Schengen zone, which allows people to move freely between its 26 member countries without a passport. […] “Without Schengen, we would be less protected from terror. We would not get any...
  • Germany's Dilemma in Dealing with Islamist Threats

    03/24/2017 9:25:53 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 23 Mar, 2017 | Spiegel Staff
    German police believe there are 602 Islamists living in the country who could be capable of perpetrating a terrorist attack. Politicians want to crack down on possible extremists, but many of the measures under consideration are ineffective or legally dubious. The man thought to have once provided security for the world's best-known terrorist is short and stocky -- just 1.65 meters (5' 5") tall, as Sami A. told a journalist in an interview last year. "And I'm supposed to be dangerous?" But that's what the security authorities in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia believe. They paint a dark picture...
  • Maersk summoned by US fair trade authorities

    03/23/2017 10:22:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 22 March 2017 10:36 CET+01:00
    Danish conglomerate A. P. Møller-Mærsk’s shipping arm, Maersk Line, has been issued with a summons by antitrust authorities in the US. The company is subject of an investigation into suspected price fixing along with a number of other large container shipping companies, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The summons were handed out during a raid on a San Francisco meeting attended by 20 bosses of the industry’s biggest companies, says the report. …
  • ALERT: Man arrested trying to drive into crowd in Belgium’s Antwerp

    03/23/2017 7:26:50 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    breaking911.com ^ | 3/23/17 | breaking911.com
    A man has been arrested after trying to drive a car into a crowd on a busy street in Antwerp in Belgium. According to initial reports, the suspect is of North African origin and weapons were reportedly found in the car.
  • German social order at risk due to gulf between rich and poor: report

    03/23/2017 9:56:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 March 2017 17:18 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A growing gap between rich and poor in Germany could sap social cohesion in Europe’s largest economy and most populous country, a government report warned on Thursday. “If the differences between poor and rich are felt to be too big in a society, and wealth seems mostly to be acquired without rewarding work, then acceptance of the economic and social order can shrink,” the labor ministry study said. […] In Germany, the richest 10 percent of households own more than half of all the wealth in the country, while the poorest 50 percent hold around 1.0 percent, Labor Minister Andrea...
  • Pay us £50bn or we'll cause air traffic chaos and stop goods at the border, warns the EU: Chief…[tr]

    03/23/2017 4:05:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:03 EDT, 23 March 2017 | Jason Groves
    Brussels last night made an extraordinary threat to disrupt flights to Europe and hold British goods at the border if the UK refuses to pay a £50 billion Brexit divorce bill. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK would pay a heavy price if it tried to walk away from the EU without paying for its “responsibilities”. In a mocking speech, he quoted Winston Churchill, saying: “The price of greatness is responsibility.” Government lawyers have told Theresa May that the UK has no duty to pay a penny towards the EU’s ongoing costs after leaving. A report by...
  • Germany prepares to clear gay men convicted under Nazi-era law

    03/22/2017 5:50:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 March 2017 12:13 CET+01:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a measure to wipe the criminal records of gay men convicted under a Nazi-era law, and offer them compensation. The proposal was presented by Justice Minister Heiko Maas, and would offer gay men convicted under the law a lump sum of €3,000 as well as an additional €1,500 for each year they spent in prison and thus “suffered a deprivation of liberty”. The measure marks a triumph for activists after a decades-long struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under Article 175 of the penal code....
  • Mafia godfathers can't be church godfathers, bishop rules [Sicily]

    03/18/2017 10:02:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 17 March 2017 16:56 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A bishop in Sicily has banned known mafia criminals from acting as godfathers at baptisms in churches in his diocese. Michele Pennisi, bishop of Monreale, near Palermo, said Friday he had issued a decree to that effect in a bid to challenge any notion that the bosses of organized crime have a paternalistic side to them. “The mafia has always taken the term ‘Godfather’ from the Church to give its bosses an air of religious respectability, whereas in fact the two worlds are completely incompatible,” the bishop told AFP. Pennisi’s diocese includes Corleone, a vendetta-haunted village inland from Palermo which...
  • EU authorities demand changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter

    03/18/2017 8:22:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 17, 2017 | 10:09am EDT | Julia Fioretti
    Social media companies Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Twitter Inc. will have to amend their terms of service for European users within a month or face the risk of fines, a European Commission official said on Friday. U.S. technology companies have faced tight scrutiny in Europe for the way they do business, from privacy to how quickly they remove illegal or threatening content. The Commission and European consumer protection authorities will “take action to make sure social media companies comply with EU consumer rules,” the official said. The comments confirmed a Reuters report from Thursday. Germany, the most populous EU...
  • Construction of German mosque is halted after right-wing activists hammer ten giant crosses.....

    03/18/2017 7:43:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 18, 2017 | Joe Sheppard For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: Construction of German mosque is halted after right-wing activists hammer ten giant crosses into building site Right-wing extremists in Germany have hampered the construction of a mosque by erecting ten large crosses at the site. The group, planted the wooden structures in the small village of Marbach, near Erfurt, in the central eastern state of Thuringia, in early March. The owner of the site has said he plans to take legal action against the activists, named as 'Citizens for Erfurt'.
  • Islam Is Ireland’s Fastest Growing Religion

    03/17/2017 9:52:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | March 17, 2017 | unknown
    Happy St. Patty’s Day via Islam Is Ireland’s Fastest Growing Religion. h/t TROP The Republic of Ireland may be intimately associated with the Roman Catholic Church, but the fastest-growing faith on the emerald isle is Islam — at such a rapid rate that Muslims are projected to replace Protestantism as the second-most popular religion by the year 2043. Ireland’s Central Statistics Office reported that between 1991 and 2011, the percentage of Irish residents who were Muslim jumped from 0.1 percent to 1 percent (equating to about 49,000 people). By 2020, Ireland’s Islamic population will more than double to at least...
  • Sweden to modernize law on changing gender

    03/17/2017 8:23:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 16 March 2017 17:34 CET+01:00
    Sweden’s government wants to do away with the law in the country which says that a medical intervention is required for a person’s gender change to be made official in legal terms. At present, Swedish law states that transgender people must go through a medical procedure before they can have their gender change legally recognized, but the government now wants to have the legal and medical aspects of changing gender separated. It has proposed two new laws: one on how gender is changed in legal terms, and another on the authorization of certain operations on sex organs and reproductive glands....
  • Germany vows legal action if Trump taxes imports

    03/17/2017 8:12:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 March 2017 10:22 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Germany could take the United States to court if Washington goes ahead with plans to tax imports, Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said Friday, hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first meeting with Donald Trump. “I’m betting partly on reason and partly on the courts” to prevent a damaging trade war, Zypries told Deutschlandfunk public radio. The minister’s combative stance comes ahead of Merkel’s first meeting with Trump in Washington and a gathering of G20 finance ministers in Baden-Baden, western Germany, set to be dominated by the US president’s “America First” policy. […] If a US border tax was found to breach...
  • Eight in ten Germans think the EU needs to be reformed

    03/16/2017 3:38:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 March 2017 16:46 CET+01:00
    What most Germans can agree upon is that the EU cannot stay as it is. But when it comes to how change should look, views differ sharply. The EU is about to celebrate its 60th birthday, but its age is showing. The British have opted to leave, while Euroskeptic parties are growing in popularity in major members, such as France and the Netherlands. In Germany too, the anti-Euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) are set to win their first seats in the Bundestag (German parliament) this September. And it seems that the German electorate are also restless for change. A YouGov...
  • Germany and China to 'fight together' for free trade, says Merkel

    03/16/2017 3:33:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 March 2017 16:59 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed their commitment to free trade ahead of a G20 finance ministers’ meeting set to be dominated by debate on protectionism. The two leaders spoke by telephone and said in a statement issued in Berlin that they would “together fight for free trade and open markets”. Finance ministers from the world’s top economies are gathering in Germany from Friday as fears grow that US President Donald Trump could upend the global economic order with his “America First” policy challenging open markets. Meanwhile, Merkel is set to hold her first meeting with...
  • Irish leader's White House visit has serious undertones

    03/16/2017 5:59:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2017 4:37 AM EDT | Catherine Lucey
    While shamrocks and smiles typically define the Irish prime minister’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day visit to the White House, with President Donald Trump the celebration could turn more serious. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has signaled that he will use the meeting — scheduled for Thursday, one day before St. Patrick’s Day — to talk about Brexit and Trump’s immigration policies. Kenny, who labeled Trump’s language “dangerous” during the campaign, has said it is important to keep the standing date, which some critics have suggested he should cancel. Speaking to The Irish Times, Kenny said, “European leaders need to be over here...
  • Gay rights activist claims raped by an American man who shouted: 'You French people hate Trump' (Tr)

    03/14/2017 10:06:12 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-14-2017 | Fionn Hargreaves
    A gay rights activist, who moved to France to escape persecution, claims he was raped by an American man in Marseille who said 'you French people hate Trump'. The 35-year-old says he was drugged at a bar on Friday by two men who were American and English, who then took him to a hotel room. The LGBT activist claims the American said: 'You French people…you hate Trump. And you listen to black and Arabic music.' He told a news website his alleged attackers beat him and tied his wrists and ankles with ripped up bedsheets.
  • Karl Marx's German birthplace accepts Marx statue from China

    03/14/2017 1:59:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2017 4:18 AM EDT
    The German city of Trier has decided to accept a statue of Karl Marx from China, marking the 200th anniversary of the father of communism’s birth. The city council voted 42-7 with four abstentions Monday night to accept the gift, according to news agency DPA. The statue’s precise location and size are to be decided following further negotiations with China. […] Statues and streets named after Marx were common in communist East Germany. Many survived the collapse of communism, unlike tributes to more contemporary socialists. …
  • Danes ’more generous than ever’ to refugees

    03/10/2017 3:07:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 10 March 2017 09:16 CET+01:00
    Danish people have become consistently mere generous over the last four year when it comes to donating money to refugees, a new survey shows. Carried out by Voxmeter on behalf of the Danish Red Cross, the survey shows that 9.4 percent of Danes state that they would give money to refugees today compared to 4.5 percent in 2016 and 2.3 percent in 2013. The results reflect a significant change in the attitudes of Danes towards helping others, according to the secretary general of the Danish Red Cross (DRC). Anders Ladekarl, DRC’s general secretary, told news agency Ritzau that Danes have...
  • Germany passes law increasing video surveillance in public

    03/10/2017 3:01:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 March 2017 15:51 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    After a marathon sitting lasting the whole week, the German parliament (Bundestag) agreed upon a law on Friday that will relax restrictions on video surveillance in shops, stadiums and stations. The law, drafted in response to a series of violent crimes in 2016, several attached to terror group ISIS, will make it easier for private companies to install CCTV. Specifically mentioned in the law as places where CCTV will become more prevalent are shopping centers, the area in front of football stadiums, and parking lots. […] The package of laws passed by the Bundestag also allows for police to use...
  • Düsseldorf's Brexit suicide float off to London to join pro-EU movement

    03/10/2017 11:41:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 March 2017 16:27 CET+01:00
    A satirical Carnival float showing the British Prime Minister with a ‘Brexit’ gun in her mouth is set to become an iconic new addition to a Unite for Europe campaign. The float made its debut at the Düsseldorf Carnival last month, which traditionally entertains guests with politically satirical floats mocking major politicians. It depicts Theresa May sticking a gun emblazoned with “Brexit” into her mouth, over the words “Good luck, Great Britain!” The float’s creator, Jacques Tilly, was reportedly about to get rid of it when he got a call from Peter French of the Unite for Europe campaign, according...
  • Intelligence chief warns: Germany increasingly a target of ISIS

    03/09/2017 9:04:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 9 March 2017 12:05 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    The head of Germany’s domestic security agency, the BfV, said on Wednesday that Germany has become a priority target for terror group ISIS over the past year. “Germany became significantly more prioritized as a target of ISIS over the course of 2016,” said BfV President Hans-Georg Maaßen, adding that the level of danger continues to be high. The country was shaken by several terror attacks in the name of ISIS last year, most notably the December 19th Berlin Christmas market attack in which 12 people were killed. …
  • Germany No Longer World’s ‘Best Country’ After Rising Jihadist Activity

    03/08/2017 9:51:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 8, 2017 | 11:13 PM EST | James Carsensten
    Germany has fallen from its former top position from among 80 countries surveyed by U.S. News & World Report, achieving fourth place this year in a drop at least partly attributed to security concerns. “The nation was rocked by a range of events — from growing public anxiety over an influx of refugees to a string of deadly terror attacks,” the “Best Countries” report said. The news comes shortly after release of a report from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) saying a growing number of individuals have left Germany to fight in Iraq and Syria...
  • Germany deports Tunisian terror suspect to 'likely torture'

    03/08/2017 6:05:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.08.2017 | Ben Knight
    Germany has been accused of allowing Tunisia to “do its dirty work” after deporting Tunisian Charfeddine T., alias Ashraf Al-T., despite concerns he would be jailed and tortured on arrival. The 24-year-old, deported on Wednesday morning, was arrested in Berlin last November, when federal state prosecutors first said he was an IS member. “Current investigations suggest the suspect had contact with an IS member in Syria who was responsible for operations abroad,” a prosecutor’s statement read. “From there he is thought to have had permission to plan an attack on people in Germany.” At the time, German media reports followed...
  • Swedish police fear for undocumented immigrants [barf]

    03/08/2017 5:26:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 8 March 2017 08:36 CET+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Police in Sweden fear that there could soon be an increase in undocumented immigrants in the country, leaving them vulnerable to crime and exploitation. “These are people who live outside of society, people who are vulnerable to crime and who can’t go to the police. People who work illegally and risk being exploited as cheap labor, and who have to pay too much for accommodation,” Swedish Border Police chief Patrik Engström told radio station Sveriges Radio P4. “But there are also people who can be enticed or driven towards crime in order to support themselves,” he warned. Engström explained that...
  • Berlin rebuffs Trump attempt to start trade talks, saying 'speak to EU'

    03/07/2017 6:46:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 7 March 2017 15:38 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    The German government told Washington it had the wrong address, after the US administration tried to enter talks with Germany on trade. “Trade policy is the responsibility of the European Union,” a spokesperson for the Economy Ministry told its US counterparts when they tried to open discussion on trade, Spiegel reported on Tuesday. Peter Navarro, who heads the White House’s new National Trade Council, called for bilateral talks to reduce the US trade deficit with Germany on Monday. The US recorded a $502-billion trade deficit last year, meaning it imported more than it exported. Germany, meanwhile, exported €253 billion ($270...
  • UK manufacturers enjoy post-Brexit surge in orders: survey

    03/06/2017 7:23:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 5, 2017 | 7:28pm EST | William Schomberg
    Britain’s factories are growing at their fastest pace in more than three years, helped by the fall in the value of the pound after the Brexit vote and a recovery in core markets in Europe, a survey showed on Monday. The survey, by manufacturing lobby group EEF and consultancy BDO, added to signs that British factories are enjoying a growth spurt, something that Brexit supporters said would be one of the early benefits of leaving the European Union. […] “The post-referendum wobble that defined UK manufacturing’s performance in the second half of 2016 has been left firmly behind with manufacturers...
  • SPD, Germans prod CDU, CSU to embrace marriage equality

    03/06/2017 3:51:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.06.2017 | Carla Bleiker
    Social Democrats want to put marriage equality on the table, and over 80 percent of Germans support expanding the right to marry to same-sex couples. But many Christian Democrats are still pushing back. Marriage equality is legal in 22 countries, including Argentina, South Africa and the United States. Germany is not one of them. But now members of the junior governing Social Democratic Party (SPD) are pushing to change that. They are calling on their coalition partners, the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU), to go along with a change of law that would grant same-sex couples...
  • France, Germany, Spain, Italy call for a multi-speed Europe

    03/06/2017 3:20:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2017 2:33 PM EST | Sylvie Corbet
    Leaders of France, Germany, Spain and Italy have called for a European Union which allows groups of member states to advance at their own pace, in a joint effort to cushion the impact of the Brexit. French president François Hollande hosted his counterparts on Monday evening in Versailles, near Paris, to prepare for a larger EU meeting later this week. “Europe must be able to draw the consequences of the Brexit,” he said in a joint statement with the other leaders of the European Union’s major economies. […] Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni joined...
  • Report: Jump in number of jihadis traveling from Germany to Iraq, Syria

    03/06/2017 7:21:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.05.2017 | Brandon Conradis
    A report has found that more than 900 extremists traveled to the Middle East from Germany. The revelation comes amid growing concern from German officials over domestic terrorism. Weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported the increase in the number of homegrown jihadis in their latest issue, not long after Germany’s domestic intelligence service warned that Islamic extremism was spreading in the country. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) said that 910 suspected jihadis had left Germany to travel to Iraq and Syria, a noticeable increase from the roughly 800 extremists reported about a year ago, Spiegel...
  • EU to approve new military training headquarters

    03/06/2017 12:29:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2017 2:48 AM EST
    The European Union is set to approve the creation of a headquarters for its military training missions in Somalia, Mali and the Central African Republic. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she would urge foreign and defense ministers Monday to “take immediate decisions on the establishment of a military planning and conduct capability.” She said it would provide a “more efficient approach to the existing military training missions we have.” …
  • German President 'very worried' about Trump and US-EU legacy

    03/05/2017 5:03:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 3 March 2017 15:08 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    Outgoing President Joachim Gauck criticized US President Donald Trump in an interview on Friday, saying the American leader is calling into question what the US and Europe have worked towards together. In an interview with Spiegel published on Friday, Gauck — who will be replaced by Frank-Walter Steinmeier this month — voiced his concerns about the Republican President. “It worries me a lot that the American President is putting some things into questions that generations of other Americans have achieved with Europeans,” said Gauck. The German President further condemned Trump’s fraught relationship with the media as he has referred to...
  • 'Fake news': Minister does U-turn on comments about Sweden's sex crimes

    03/04/2017 9:31:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 4 March 2017 16:44 CET+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Sweden’s Integration Minister Ylva Johansson has done a U-turn after she told the BBC that the number of reports of sex crimes in Sweden was dropping. During a recent interview with the BBC, the minister said: “If there has been a rape towards her and a sexual harassment, we can see that the level is going down, and going down, and going down.” However, this isn’t the case. The latest stats actually show a 13 percent increase in reported sex crimes in Sweden in 2016, and a general increase over the last ten years. […] The Moderate Party’s labor policy...
  • Ex-CIA Officer Abandoned by Obama: Without Trump Admin, I Would Be In An Italian Prison

    03/04/2017 7:54:17 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3 Mar 2017
    Former CIA case officer Sabrina De Sousa thanked the Trump administration for intervening to save her from extradition to Italy and imprisonment in a statement on Friday. “I want to extend my deepest appreciation to the Trump administration for all their efforts on my behalf. Without their support I would be spending tonight in an Italian prison,” said De Sousa, in a statement quoted by Fox News. “The Obama administration and former CIA Director John Brennan abandoned De Sousa the last seven years, and in six weeks, the Trump team made her freedom possible,” Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) told Fox...
  • Debate rages in Sweden over Muslim Brotherhood report

    03/03/2017 7:53:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 3 March 2017 17:30 CET+01:00 | Lee Roden
    A report commissioned by Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) to look into the influence of the Islamist organization the Muslim Brotherhood in the country has sparked debate, with a number of researchers disputing the methodology used and conclusions reached. The report suggests that the Muslim Brotherhood is secretly leading Islamists in building a parallel society in Sweden by infiltrating organizations and political parties in the country. It also claims that there is an “established structure of values among the country’s political elite which stipulate how as a citizen you should approach ‘minorities’”. But in a blog post signed by 22...